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Roman Museum (Musée Romain)

The Roman museum in Vallon features must-see mosaics and a large collection of statuettes depicting the gods.

Archaeological digs carried out at this rich dwelling have produced over 20 divinities in bronze and lead, both intact and broken: Apollo, Diana, Mercury, Mars, Hercules, Isis and Harpocrates, as well as sacred animals: a three-horned bull, bear, cockerel, goat and tortoise. Most were gathered in the room with the mosaic of Bacchus and Ariane.

They represented various belief systems: Celtic, Greco-Roman and Egyptian. Domestic divinities were particularly pampered. The museum has a reconstruction of a domestic chapel where the house's protective gods and its inhabitants are gathered together. Every rich dwelling had its own domestic altar; the gods that were honoured were particular to each family.

Egyptian gods have been found in Vallon. They include Harpocrates, lying near to his mother Isis. His statuette has his finger to his mouth: he is the god of silence and the protector of young children.

From 1 Oct 2018 to 31 May 2019

Wednesday - Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

From 1 Jun 2019 to 30 Sep 2019

Wednesday - Sunday 14:00 - 18:00

Admission

Adult6.- CHF
Child (0-16)0.00
Groups (10 people)4.- CHF

Guided tours in English, French, German and Italian.

Carignan 6
1565 Vallon

+41 (0)26 667 97 97

www.museevallon.ch/

Opening hours

From 1 Oct 2018 to 31 May 2019

Wednesday - Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

From 1 Jun 2019 to 30 Sep 2019

Wednesday - Sunday 14:00 - 18:00

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